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RadMultiColumnComboBoxes can group its data source based on the GroupByField property.

The dropdown will show a header with the value of the field for each group, and a static header for the current group just below the column headers, so the user can see which group they are scrolling through regardless of the number of items in it.

You can customize the headers through their templates.

Grouping requires binding the control to a web service, and grouping is performed on the client over the returned flat data.

Example 1: Grouping in RadMultiColumnComboBox

<telerik:RadMultiColumnComboBox ID="RadMultiColumnComboBox4" runat="server" Skin="Default"
    DataTextField="ContactName" DataValueField="CustomerID"
    Filter="Contains" Placeholder="select from the dropdown or type"
    DropDownWidth="500" Height="400" Width="100%">
    <WebServiceSettings Select-ContentType="JSON" ServiceType="OData"
        <telerik:MultiColumnComboBoxColumn Field="CustomerID" Title="ID" />
        <telerik:MultiColumnComboBoxColumn Field="ContactName" Title="Name" />

Web service binding creates a Kendo DataSource and applies the grouping settings to it automatically. You can create your own Kendo DataSource instance and provide local data to it. In such a case, you must also provide the grouping settings to the data source.

Example 2: Grouping with local data and a Kendo DataSource

    function OnLoad(sender, args) {
        var data = [
            { id: 1, name: "one", color: "red" },
            { id: 2, name: "two", color: "green" },
            { id: 3, name: "three", color: "blue" },
            { id: 4, name: "four", color: "red" }

        var kendoDs = new{
            data: data,
            //clone the original group settings from the server
            group: {
                field: sender.groupByField


<telerik:RadMultiColumnComboBox ID="RadMultiColumnComboBox4" runat="server" Skin="Default"
    GroupByField="color" DataTextField="name" DataValueField="id" 
    Filter="Contains" FilterFields="name, color"
    DropDownWidth="500" Height="400" Width="300px">
        <telerik:MultiColumnComboBoxColumn Field="id" Title="ID" />
        <telerik:MultiColumnComboBoxColumn Field="name" Title="Name" />
        <telerik:MultiColumnComboBoxColumn Field="color" Title="color" />
    <ClientEvents OnLoad="OnLoad" />

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